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UPDATE: CITY CCL Food Distribution Plan

From this point on, meals will be distributed only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, from 8am – 10am. We will hand out Monday and Tuesday’s meals on Monday (2 breakfasts & 2 lunches), Wednesday and Thursday’s meals on Wednesday (2 breakfasts & 2 lunches), and Friday will be breakfast and lunch for Friday.
This schedule will also hold true for picking up/dropping off any non-food things. If you need to pick up or drop off something outside of these times, please coordinate with your student’s advisor.

Here are details about the CCCL food distribution plan

• Food distribution will take place from the Paulo Freire Freedom School – University campus. Enter the alley (N Herbert Ave.) directly east of the school from University Blvd. See the map below for details.
• Parents/guardians should stay in their cars and be ready with student’s/students’ last name, number of breakfasts, and number of lunches they’ll need.
• Families do not need to worry about any financial transactions – if they need food for their children, they should come.
• If families are unable to get to our school during those distribution hours, they should email Seth ( AND Chuy (
AND go to one of the other food distribution sites listed in THIS ARTICLE, if possible.
Donations to Support Food Distribution
If you are able to donate to the CCCL website, we will use these funds to cover the costs of providing food to all families free of charge during the school closure.
1. Go to this link:
2. Select your donation amount. If you don’t see the amount you want to donate, select “Other.”
3. Next, choose “Other” for the purpose.
4. Fill out the information on the form at the bottom of the page.
5. When you see “AMBASSADOR,” type in “Meals.” That way, we will know which donations were earmarked for Meals and can apply those funds to families who need our support.

Letter from Co-Director Tim Grivois-Shah

Dear Families and Students,

This week’s learning focus is for advisors to connect with each and every student and to support our families as best as possible. Our advisors will continue to reach out to families and students while we are closed, and our hope is that our advisories continue to provide key social, emotional, and practical support for as long as our building remains closed.
Beginning next week, starting Monday, March 30th, students should plan on having 30 minutes of reading, 30 minutes of writing, and 30 minutes of math. Students, you will access your assignments through Google Classroom, and families, you can check on grades and missing work via Empower.
The following week, starting Monday, April 6th, students will also have an additional inquiry project. This project will incorporate science and social studies, and will also include Spanish extension activities for students in a Spanish class. Teachers will communicate expectations for inquiry assignments by the end of next week.
Finally, we are hoping to offer some level of instruction in our elective classes, and we will share more when that plan is finalized.
Please know that we are working hard to ensure that all students have access to the internet. If you know of or need access to laptops or to the internet, please contact me or your student’s advisor right away.
Again, for next week, English and Math teachers will contact your student via Google Classroom to communicate expectations for 30 minutes of math, reading, and writing.
I am grateful for all the many ways staff and families are working together to stay connected and to make remote learning meaningful and successful for our Narwhals while we must remain physically apart. And, I’m looking forward to seeing us all again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, let’s learn, connect, and grow.


Narwhal Basketball Game Schedule

Here are the upcoming dates and times for our Narwhal Basketball Team games! All games are played at Lohse YMCA downtown.

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm vs ACE
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:00 pm vs Tucson Prep
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm vs Youthworks
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm vs Alta Vista
  • Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 9:00 pm vs Eastpointe

Spring Break is around the corner!

Here are a couple of reminders regarding the school schedule and upcoming events:

  • Friday, March 13th: No school for City High students. It is a professional development day for staff.
  • March 16th to March 20th: Spring break! The school building will be closed during this time.
  • Quarter Three: Grades. Report cards for the third quarter will be mailed home during the spring break. Please make sure to check for them in the mail!
  • Monday, March 23rd: Fourth quarter begins. The end of the school year is quickly approaching.

Mental Health Family Night, March 12th

City High School’s
Mental Health Family Night

March 12, 2020
5:30 – 7 pm Snacks provided

We are pleased to welcome:

Cindy Miller-Potter

Author, Speaker, Neuro-Psychotherapy, Certified Trauma Therapist, Auricular Acupuncture, Interfaith Minister

Cindy has spent the past 25 years working as a psychotherapist using integrative therapies that address the neurobiological impact of trauma on the development of chronic, progressive, behavioral health disease.  In 2012, she took a two-year sabbatical to study the neurobiological research on substance use disorder and suicidality.  Using the research and publications of Allan Schore, Bessell Van Der Kolk, Damasio, Dr. Amen, and Pat Ogden, Cynthia developed an approach to treat these issues that centers on stimulating parts of the brain and the central nervous system that are the result of early childhood trauma.  These neurobiological interventions are applied before the cognitive/psycho-education interventions are used. 

Topics Include: 

  • Trauma and the Brain
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Supporting your teen with their mental health

Family Night- Thursday, Feb. 27: Empower Learning

For this week’s Family Night on Thursday, Brett Goble and Misa Gonzales will be presenting an overview workshop on Empower Learning, our new competency-based assessment software.

Bring your questions and come learn how Empower works. Laptops will be provided. The session runs 5:30-6:30 pm in room 204 at 47 E. Pennington St.

City High School partnership with Watershed Management Group and Downtown Tucson Partnership

City High School with Watershed Management Group received a NOAA Recharge the Rain grant to create community resilience and green infrastructure. 

City High teacher Jennifer Knochel says “This grant is important for our students because it empowers them to be leaders and make a difference in their communities.  Our goal is to teach them skills that will allow them to actively participate in creating solutions for a resilient community. “

The new water harvesting system will gather 2,300 gallons that City High will offer to the Downtown Tucson Partnership to water the urban landscaping pots in the downtown area. Currently water is trucked in for watering. 

Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar, Cultural Ecologist at the Watershed Management Group says, “It’s important for schools to get involved in water harvesting because these students are the ones that are going to be the leaders who develop, retain, and enjoy rivers in Tucson. The students are the future in this city which is why we are working with them.” 

Jennifer Knochel
Sustainability and Desert Youth Gardening Teacher
City High School
520-623-7223 Ext. 108

Career Day- February 28th

City High School’s next school-wide community day is Career Day on Friday, February 28th. Community members representing a wide range of professions will be here throughout the morning to present to students. All 12th graders will also be doing a mid-year presentation on their internship for their younger peers in grades 9-11. Students in all grades are required to follow Community Day dress code on Friday.

Rodeo Break – February 20th-21st

This week is a short one! City High School takes Rodeo Break on Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21. We will resume school on Monday, February 24. The next Spring Semester school days off will be Spring Break March 16th-20th.

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 ends Feb 1st

Choosing a high school is a big decision for 8th graders and their families to make, and we encourage everyone to get out and visit the schools they are considering as part of their research! The enrollment deadline is February 1 for new students for the upcoming school year. Applications for 2020-2021 received on or before February 1, 2020 will be included in our enrollment lottery. Preference is given to students enrolled at one of the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning schools in the prior school year, siblings of students enrolled in one or more of the schools at the time of the enrollment deadline, and children of employees. The application deadline for preferred enrollment is also February 1st. Any applications received after February 1 will be placed on the waiting list and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as spots become available.

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend morning and evening tours at City High School. Upcoming tours will take place on February 6th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and February 7th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Visit the Enroll section of our website for additional tour dates and details and directions on how to RSVP.